nihongo|Jutsu|術 — meaning "technique, method, skill" or "trick" — is a
bound morphemeof the Sino-Japanese lexical stratum of the Japanese language.
"Jutsu" may combine with another morpheme (or word) to form a word. It does so much more commonly as a second part; examples are, in order of increasing conspicuousness, "wajutsu" (話術, narrative skill), "shujutsu" (手術, surgery), "geijutsu" (芸術, craft) and "gijutsu" (技術, technique, technology). [In "
kanji," these got about 1, 25, 57, and 220 million hits respectively at [http://www.google.co.jp Japanese-language Google] on 13 August 2007. (No attempt was made to exclude pages in Chinese.) With the possible exception of "wajutsu," all will appear in even the simplest of dictionaries for the learner of Japanese as a second language.] Non-speakers of Japanese may encounter it within the name of a specific martial art, e.g. " battōjutsu" (抜刀術, the art of drawing a sword) or "jūjutsu" (柔術, unarmed fighting).
As a suffix, "jutsu" seems to be mildly productive, combining with "
gairaigo": "komyunikēshonjutsu" (コミュニケーション術, communication skill) and "meikuappujutsu" (メイクアップ術, make-up skill). [With about 243,000 and 935 hits respectively at [http://www.google.co.jp Japanese-language Google] on 13 August 2007.]
"Jutsu" also combines as a first half. A straightforward example is "jutsugo" (術語, technical term). An
allomorphends with geminationinstead of "tsu" (see " sokuon"), resulting in words such as "jussaku" (術策, manoeuvre) and "jutchū" (術中に, stratagem). [These three words appear in intermediate or larger Japanese and Japanese–English dictionaries.]
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